Thursday, February 28, 2008

Two lions attack, injure farm labourers in Junagadh


Two lions attack, injure farm labourers in Junagadh

Indian Express By Sibte Hussain Bukhari

Junagadh, February 27 Two lions injured three labourers who were working in an agriculture field on the outskirts of Devala village falling under the Sarasia range near Dhari in Gir east forest division on Wednesday morning.

According to a forest official, nine migrant labourers from Rajasthan were busy with their work in a field owned by a local farmer Jayanti Savalia.

Around 8 am, a pair of lions passed through the field, prompting them to run helter-skelter. The provoked lions attacked labourers — Dhanji Parghi and Valji Parghi, both residents of Kajalia village in Rajasthan.

After injuring the duo, the lions attacked one Kadvabhai Vekaria, who was busy cutting wheat crop. Vekaria received injuries on his neck and the left portion of the body, the official added.

As soon as the news reached the forest authorities, officials from Dhari forest headquarters rushed to the spot with emergency medical service ambulance.

They provided the injured with primary treatment before shifting them to a government hospital in Dhari town.

Deputy conservator of forest (Gir east) J S Solanki said, “The labourers received minor injuries. After providing medical treatment at Dhari, they were discharged from the hospital.”

“The labourers said they saw a group of five lions. However, the pug marks of the animals indicate there were only two lions,” he added.

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